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SKA and CERN will be faced with the same problem of how to distribute the gigantic volumes of data they produce..
CERN is upgrading its networking infrastructure..
The new CERN particle accelerator is expected to spawn portable accelerators to help doctors treat cancer patients and experts analyse artwork..
"Supporting the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest particle accelerator in the world, and its experiments to study the basic constituents of matter, CERN's database group has been using NetApp products since 2007," said Miroslav Potocky, database storage service manager in the IT department at CERN, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research..
The SKA project is a major international initiative, and the decision to make South Africa its central location is a significant vote of confidence in South Africa's scientific, engineering and managerial competence to host what will be the radio astronomy equivalent of the world-renowned CERN centre for nuclear physics research in Geneva.  While the DST is responsible for managing South Africa's engagement with the global SKA project, and enjoys close and supportive relations with a growing number of important stakeholders in exercising this responsibility, it is important for other spheres of government to recognise and respect this leadership role.
Some early use cases for this service have included a trial of Telemedicine with staff from the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and in facilitating the sharing of expertise in mathematics and statistics among South African universities. The service is also being put to use by the SKA in South Africa and scientists working at CERN who use a setup that feeds directly into the wider CERN community across the world.
Yesterday, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) noted the LHC started delivering physics data for the first time in 27 months. "After an almost two-year shutdown and several months re-commissioning, the LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run.
Local scientists will immediately start working on data from phase two of the Large Halogen Collider's output. (Photograph by CERN).
The collider, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland and is about 100m underground, is a massive particle accelerator, owned by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)..
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are preparing to resume research early in 2015 following a major programme of maintenance and upgrading to prepare the large hadron collider (LHC) to run at almost double the energy..

OBS appoints new African VP

25 Nov 2014 Telecoms
By Staff Writer

Heiman previously held a management position at CERN, the European research organisation tasked with operating the world's largest particle physics laboratory..
Having expanded to a number of laboratories and academic institutions across the world, it eventually ended up at CERN, where Tim Berners-Lee invented the application now called WWW. His goal? To find a way to store and disseminate the massive volume of data the Hadron Collider was generating, in a functional and accessible manner.
The Large Hadron Collider is being prepared for its second three-year run. (Photograph by CERN).

The adventures of a data scientist

15 Apr 2014 Software
By Phumeza Tontsi

Big data is not the silver bullet, but it does have its application. The CERN/large hadron supercollider produces 35 petabytes of data a year and was earmarked at requiring 300 000 cores by 2014.

Computing for the greater good

11 Apr 2014 Features
By Johann Barnard

South Africa's involvement in a global project of this magnitude and significance may come as a surprise to the uninitiated, but the country actually has a long-standing involvement with CERN, the European particle physics laboratory outside Geneva, Switzerland..

JavaScript: are we missing out?

26 Mar 2014 TechForum
By Mike Geyser

Yahoo, Paypal, Ebay and Microsoft Azure are among those that rely heavily on NodeJs for critical systems, and Forbes, IBM and CERN are among those using MongoDb for ‘big data' – all big companies taking the leap and reaping the rewards. Full-stack JavaScript has empowered some of the biggest Web companies to not only rapidly prototype, but improve programmer productivity, and even performance.

The Internet: 25 years later

13 Mar 2014 Internet
By Tyson Ngubeni

While working for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), in 1989, Berners-Lee distributed a document titled "Information Management: A Proposal" intended to improve the flow of information between colleagues..

SA reaps CERN rewards

5 Feb 2014 Computing
By Nicola Mawson

South African universities are benefiting from CERN's probing of the universe through its "Big Bang" experiment..

Worldwide wrap

11 Oct 2013 Computing
By Joanne Carew

Peter Higgs and François Englert have shared the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the Higgs boson particle. The particle confers mass to all other particles and has been hailed as an influential moment in science history.

Two-decade journey for collider

4 Jul 2013 Computing
By Nicola Mawson

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. (Photograph: CERN).

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